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New bill would lower NM grad standards
KRQE-TV [Albuquerque, NM], by Alex Goldsmith    Original Article
Posted By: F16 guy- 1/11/2014 5:27:33 PM     Post Reply
Albuquerque - It´s no secret New Mexico still struggles to graduate high schoolers. A little more than 70 percent of New Mexico students get their diploma in four years according to the latest data available. The state ranks 48th in the country as a result. Now a new proposal by Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, could bump those numbers by making it easier for New Mexico students to graduate as early as this school year. HB 66, prefiled Thursday, establishes two kinds of high school diplomas, the current diploma of excellence and a new "general diploma". Requirements for the diploma of excellence would be the same as they currently

Pet health crisis:
Americans skimp on preventive care
USA Today, by Steve Dale    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 5:27:25 PM     Post Reply
There´s an American health crisis that doesn´t have anything to do with federal health care websites, rising deductibles or doctor shortages. Our pets are getting sicker, and many pet owners don´t even have a clue. (Snip) "It´s really very simple — if we can get people to see veterinarians once or twice a year, pets would be healthier, and living longer, and overall pet owners could actually save money," says Michael Cavanaugh, CEO of the American Animal Hospital Association. This crisis in pet health has spurred a new $5.5 million public awareness campaign urging annual checkups.

Ariel ´Arik´ Sharon:
26 February 1928 - 11 January 2014
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Ari Soffer & Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/11/2014 5:15:46 PM     Post Reply
After eight years in a vegetative state following a severe stroke, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel "Arik" Sharon has passed away at the age of 85. (Snip) Headstrong - sometimes to the point of recklessness - and ruthless in battle, Sharon quickly earned a reputation as a fierce warrior and eventually as one of Israel´s greatest military strategists. As his success as a soldier gained the attention of his superiors, he rose quickly through the ranks: in 1949 he was appointed as a company commander in the Golani Brigade, and just one year later he was assigned as an intelligence officer for the Central Command, after which he left he military to

  


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New Scandal, Same Old Christie
National Review, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/11/2014 3:36:21 PM     Post Reply
After swiftly dismissing a top official in his administration, Chris Christie was characteristically caustic when pressed by the press for the lesson to be drawn from the scandal: “Don’t lie to the governor.” But that was then — three years ago. This week, the raging bull turned sad puppy for two hours of bravura contrition after cashiering yet another top aide who, he says, lied to him. It is a different time, and this is a very different scandal. Yet, I can’t help suspecting it’s the same old Christie. Back in 2010, it was Bret Schundler, Christie’s education chief, who was shown

Stranded in the Wild With a
Neo-Fascist and a Stick of Gum
Wall Street Journal, by Dara Horn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 3:10:40 PM     Post Reply
GROWING UP, MY three siblings and I suspected that our parents were secretly trying to get rid of us. Every year they took us on trips that brought us to the brink of peril—a midnight crocodile hunt on the Amazon, a Caribbean cruise during which the ship caught fire, a visit to Communist Leningrad that concluded in a supposed misunderstanding that nearly left our 10-year-old brother behind in the U.S.S.R. They outdid themselves one spring when they signed us up for a three-hour motorboat tour in a remote canyon in Utah—just the six of us, two boatmen and cliffs that

Left-wing thinking still
prevails in schools
Telegraph [UK], by Jago Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/11/2014 2:48:49 PM     Post Reply
Michael Gove is right. My time studying History at school and university was dominated by Left-wing thinking. Consciously or subconsciously, the educational elite indoctrinates a generation of young people. The dominance of the Left is deep-rooted and for all to see, especially when it comes to the teaching of history. I write as a 21-year-old graduate of History and Politics, just six months out of university. [Snip] But the majority of them were rabidly Left-wing and the subjects they chose for their students matched their own misguided outlook on society. The world wars formed a significant and central platform of

The delicate case of Ariel Sharon
Polirico, by EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 1/11/2014 2:34:30 PM     Post Reply
Faced with the intense difficulty of what to say about Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died early Saturday after eight years in a coma, President Barack Obama didn’t say much.The statement from Obama — who never met Sharon, and wasn’t yet even running for president when he fell into a coma, mentioned nothing about the Israeli leader’s own complicated history with war and peace, remarking only in sending “our deepest condolences” that he was a leader who “dedicated his life to the State of Israel.”

  


  

Issa heading to New Hampshire
Union-Tribune (San Diego CA), by Mark Walker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 2:22:41 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Darrell Issa is headed to New Hampshire next month to speak at a venue that has been a must-do appearance for presidential aspirants. The Vista Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will address a joint session of the Concord Republican City and Merrimack County committees annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday, Feb. 17. The appearance was announced by former Issa staffer Kurt Bardella, who’s firm Endeavor Strategic Communications represents Issa’s political operation. He said the appearance does not mean Issa is testing the water for a presidential bid. “There is a broader conversation that

Michelle Obama Turns 50! See the
First Lady from Childhood to Today
Parade, by Vi-An Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 2:04:19 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama hits a milestone birthday—age 50—on Jan. 17. And five years after she moved into the White House, the nation pays rapt attention to her every move, from her Let’s Move! program to curb childhood obesity to her hair and her outfits. Of turning 50, the first lady says she’s “never felt more confident.” When asked about her thoughts on the landmark in her Parade, August 18, 2013 cover interview, she replied: “What you learn is that each decade brings a new set of challenges but also a new set of possibilities. I have never felt more

Five myths about Michelle Obama
Washington Post, by Robin Givhan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 2:00:26 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama entered the White House as a chimera. To some, she was emblematic of fully realized African American womanhood and an incomparable fashion icon. To others, she was the voice of racial grievance, the nanny state and Seventh Avenue vanity. She has proved herself to be neither vengeful nor the patron saint of activist feminism. Yet misperceptions linger. So as she celebrates her 50th birthday, here are a few facts in the face of persistent fictions. 1. Michelle Obama is the most fashion-friendly first lady. Obama has been a pronounced and polished advocate for American style, seamlessly moving from

Polarization we can live with.
Partisan warfare is the problem.
Washington Post, by Sean Theriault    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 1:40:19 PM     Post Reply
I have been studying party polarization in Congress for more than a decade. The more I study it, the more I question that it is the root cause of what it is that Americans hate about Congress. Pundits and political scientists alike point to party polarization as the culprit for all sorts of congressional ills. (Snip)Perhaps my home state of Texas unnecessarily reinforces the distinction I want to make between these two dimensions. Little separates my two senators’ voting records – of the 279 votes that senators took in 2013, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn disagreed less than 9 percent

  


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Leaders, Others React to the
Death of Ariel Sharon
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 1:02:35 PM     Post Reply
Here is a selection of reactions from world leaders and others to the death of former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was both admired and despised for his bold style and hard-driving tactics. "Arik was not a warmonger. When it was necessary to fight, he stood at the forefront of the divisions in the most sensitive and painful places, but he was a smart and realistic person and understood well that there is a limit in our ability to conduct wars." — Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Sharon´s former deputy who took office after the 2006 stroke. ~"On behalf of

Blue State Blues: We Don´t Need Another Plan
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 1/11/2014 12:52:08 PM     Post Reply
It would be easy enough, at this stage, to add to the voluminous commentary on Gov. Chris Christie´s bridge scandal. But there is not much new to say, other than to observe that petty political retaliation is what blue-state conservatives like yours truly have come to expect from government, whether Republican or Democratic.{SNIP}Here´s the brutal truth. We don´t need more plans. We need principles. That´s what a conservative opposition party should stand for, especially one that ostensibly commits itself to free markets and the primacy and dignity of the individual. You wouldn´t trust your government to conduct a "traffic study"

ABC’s Karl: What does the White
House have to say for itself over
a jobs report that is “barely
treading water”?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 12:47:46 PM     Post Reply
(Video) JON KARL: Back to the jobs numbers today, I seem to remember you at the podium not long ago, showing us charts of jobs growth over the past couple years, and the implication — taking some credit, the White House taking credit that the president’s policies contributed to jobs growth. Now we have this report, I mean, barely treading water, 74,000 are created, and probably more ominously, the workforce participation rate is down at a low for almost 40 years. CARNEY: Pretty much where it’s been since 2009, but yeah. KARL: So does the White House, do the president’s

"The Continued Lack of Accountability
at ATF is Disturbing"
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 12:42:15 PM     Post Reply
In January 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dropped a bombshell report showing ATF Agents who attempted to set up a storefront in the city, ended up damaging the building, owing the landlord money and lost a machine gun on the streets after it was stolen out of a government vehicle. A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee´s Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren´t interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

  


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Kelly was messaging about GWB
lane closures on day she accompanied
Christie to Seaside fire, documents show
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Matthew McGrath    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/11/2014 12:39:09 PM     Post Reply
Bridget Anne Kelly, the aide Governor Christie fired for her role in manufacturing a Fort Lee traffic jam apparently as political retribution, was receiving messages about what to tell reporters before she accompanied him to the Seaside Heights boardwalk fire, newly released documents show. On the fourth day of the traffic jam, the governor - accompanied by Kelly - rushed to the scene of the inferno raging in Ocean County. The pair arrived at the boardwalk on Sept. 12 at about 6:25 p.m. The fire was first reported at about 2:05 p.m. Ocean County photographer, Phil Stinton, snapped photos of Christie

Daily pot tied to age of first
psychotic episode
Reuters, by Benjamin Stix    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/11/2014 12:33:28 PM     Post Reply
In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder, according to UK researchers. "This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about the association between specific patterns of cannabis use . . . and an earlier onset of psychotic disorders," Dr. Marta Di Forti, who led the research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, said in an email. (Snip) Psychosis is a general term for a loss of reality, and is associated with several psychiatric

Exec Backpedals After
Saying Ford Tracks Drivers
CNBC, by Phil LeBeau    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/11/2014 12:30:29 PM     Post Reply
A Ford Motor executive who said the company tracks and collects data on how Ford customers drive their vehicles said Thursday that he regrets making the comments. Jim Farley, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Ford (F), said that he was wrong to suggest to customers that the automaker uses GPS devices in vehicles to collect data on how people drive. "I definitely left the wrong impression with my comments, and I regret it," Farley told CNBC. "It´s important to me that our customers know where we stand and that we do not track them." Wednesday night, while taking part in a

Teen in custody battle to be moved from hospital
Boston Globe, by Patricia Wen, Neil Swidey    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/11/2014 12:26:53 PM     Post Reply
Justina Pelletier, a teenager caught in the middle of a high-profile medical dispute and child custody battle, is expected to be discharged from Boston Children’s Hospital to a residential facility in the next few weeks, after a juvenile court judge moved on Friday to end a stalemate that has kept the girl at the hospital for almost a year. Eleven months to the day after Justina’s mother brought her to Children’s, Judge Joseph Johnston put in motion a plan that fulfills the parents’ long-sought wish to have her leave the locked psychiatric ward of the Harvard teaching hospital. But instead

Harry Reid´s Senate Shutdown
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/11/2014 11:50:06 AM     Post Reply
The popular judgment that Washington´s dysfunction is the result of "partisanship" misses a crucial point. Washington is currently gridlocked because of the particular partisanship of one man: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And Republicans are warming to the power of making that case to voters. It´s often said the 113th Congress is on track to become the "least productive" in history—but that tagline obscures crucial details. The Republican House in fact passed more than 200 bills in 2013. Some were minor, and others drew only GOP votes. But nearly a dozen were bipartisan pieces of legislation that drew more than

  



Conservatives on Chris Christie:
Diva Getting What He Deserves
National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/11/2014 11:42:04 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie took the first step in damage control Thursday by apologizing and announcing he was firing two of his closest aides connected to a scheme to jam up traffic on the George Washington Bridge. But despite a textbook press conference, his longer-term political problem is likely to be from his own party, where the scandal is giving a legion of under-the-radar Christie skeptics room to criticize the governor.Christie´s base has always been his New Jersey inner circle and Wall Street donors enthused over his electability and pragmatic approach to governance. By contrast, Christie never engendered deep support among Washington

Sacred Revival
City Journal, by Colette Arredondo    Original Article
Posted By: masscon- 1/11/2014 11:36:44 AM     Post Reply
A Catholic architect calls for churches that “look like churches.” The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal by Duncan G. Stroik (Hillenbrand Books, 182 pp., $60) In May 1941, German incendiary bombs turned the Commons Chamber of the U.K House of Commons in London to rubble. While there was no question of whether to rebuild, how to do it in a way that preserved the “form, convenience, and dignity” of the destroyed chamber, which dated to 1852, was very much an issue. In a speech before the Commons, who met for the remainder of the war in

The Wars of Robert Gates
Wall Street Journal, by Robert M. Gates    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/11/2014 11:33:40 AM     Post Reply
I had been the secretary of defense for just over two years on Jan. 21, 2009, but on that day I again became the outsider. The Obama administration housed a web of long-standing relationships—from Democratic Party politics and the Clinton administration—about which I was clueless. I was also a geezer in the new administration. Many influential appointees below the top level, especially in the White House, had been undergraduates—or even in high school—when I had been CIA director. No wonder my nickname in the White House soon was Yoda, the ancient Jedi teacher in "Star Wars."

Ted Cruz: Obama guilty of ‘pattern
of lawlessness on a breathtaking scale’
Houston Chronicle, by David Rauf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/11/2014 11:07:09 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN — Sen. Ted Cruz accused President Obama of exercising “imperial” power and “lawlessness” to the extent that it has become an “extraordinary threat” to liberty. (Snip) He cited several examples of what he described as Obama defying the rule of law in favor of cherry picking which laws to follow. That includes the administration’s stance on allowing several states to move forward with plans to legalize marijuana, creating last-minute exemptions to Obama’s signature health plan and granting relief from deportation to some young undocumented immigrants via executive order. Cruz, whose name is being floated as a potential candidate for the

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